Ngoc Anh Phung - BA Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
I came to know about the university by chance. When I went to a consultant’s office in Vietnam, they suggested some universities to me including University of Gloucestershire. I was delighted to gain an offer for a place on the second year of the undergraduate course at the University of Gloucestershire. What I like about my course is the academic atmosphere, lecturers and fellows are friendly and willing to answer all of my questions. Furthermore, the tuition fee is reasonable so here I am.
I have only been in Gloucestershire for 2 months, but I think Gloucester is a peaceful place to live. In my free time, I often walk around the city, watch films, read books and do some independent study.
Du Thi Anh Duong - LLM International Law
The things I liked most about my course were the knowledge I gained from my tutor and class-mates. I was interested in studying about a new legal system which is totally different from our country law system. My friends who came from different countries showed different approaches to the same law issue. Since my English was not good when the course started, my tutor always encouraged me to raise my ideas, opinions and never rejected my responses. Consequently, I could be more confident and able to join in class-mate debate to convey my views. Thus, I have not only learned from tutor but also learned from my class-mates.
Currently, I am working as a Legal Supervisor in an international company in Viet Nam. The skills I gained from the time studying in University of Gloucestershire have helped me a lot. Legal issues are not always black and white; but instead, there are many ways to approach the issues. Living and studying at the University of Gloucestershire in the UK taught me new ways to approach legal issues and I learnt a lot
The place where you live is not always the place you love most. Sometimes, you will learn to love a different place from where you used to live. I love the city where I am living and working now since I have a family here in Vietnam; but Cheltenham gave me unforgettable memories, so from the bottom of my heart, I always keep the hope to go back to Gloucestershire in order to see what I used to see, to eat what I used to eat, and to love what I used to love.
Quy Thi Thanh Nguyen - BA Marketing Advertising and Communications
I came across Cheltenham three years ago and can’t help but falling in love with it. It was so lovely and quiet, which was completely different to Bristol where I undertook my Foundation course. Thus I decided to move to University of Gloucestershire to continue my undergraduate degree and until now it was one of my best decisions!
Although the university is not really big, it has secured itself the good reputation of teaching quality and student communications. A lot of my friends coming from bigger cities such as Birmingham, Essex and Coventry chose this university since its small and friendly environment means we could get a lot of support from university staffs. The lecturers and tutors are also really helpful and ready to help which makes my student life in the UK much more enjoyable.
I think my best achievement through this course is the approach of studying independently. It gives me skills I need to manage my time effectively and be responsible for myself and my own study. Studying time at the university has also enhanced my career potential, in terms of confidence, communication and jobs hunting skills and helped me secured a placement post as the International Marketing Assistant at the University’s International Development Centre. It is such a great opportunity for me to experience the office environment, to practice the knowledge that I have been taught and to have a clear vision of what I want to do in the future.
Tram Dieu Doan - MSc Accounting and Financial Management
I like everything about my course. Especially, I had chances to learn new subjects which I never heard of when I studied in Vietnam. These new subjects just kept me hungry for more knowledge with excitement and enthusiasm. I also liked that I was always able to raise my own opinions and questions in my class. Although sometimes, what I said was simply stupid, my lecturers were willing to hear and give me feedback.
What I like most about Cheltenham is the horse race which takes place in March. The whole Cheltenham becomes beyond recognition. So many people from different part of UK came to town. It was great just to hear their different accents. I worked for the horse races last year and it was amazing. I saw Robbie Savage and Anthony McPartlin when they came to my counter for placing a bet. It was unforgettable moment for me.
I am now an advertising producer and helping a friend to set up his business in Vietnam. I think, the skills and experience I gained from studying and working abroad make me who I am today: confident, proactive and never afraid to challenge myself.
Thanh Trung Pham - DBA Business Administration
I chose University of Gloucestershire for DBA study as I came across the fact that it is in the top Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in the UK. And until now, I am still glad that I trusted the poll and decided to come here. The university’s library equipment is really modern and I do not need to pay for some research software such as Endnote or NVivo, which may cost me over £100 if the University does not provide it.
What I like the best about my course is the academic atmosphere where lecturers are friendly and willing to answer all of my questions. In addition, there are 11 students in my class and most of them have a high position in the company they work for. Thus, I can learn a lot from them and it is a chance to expand my network. Last but not least, the University provides many workshops to help students to improve the research skills
Chi Le Phuong - MSc Marketing Management
What I enjoyed the most about my studying time at the University is the fact that it offers small sized classes with close connection with lecturers which enables to get a lot of support from them. Moreover, the staffs and tutors are really friendly and good at what they are doing.
I also love Cheltenham where the University’s Park Campus is located. It is really beautiful and has lots to do outside of school time.
Ho Sy Lap - MBA Business Administration
My MBA studies at the University of Gloucestershire helped me to develop skills for employment. In particular I learnt how to think in a logical and systematic way to identify causes of specific issues and to create positive solutions to deal with issues. Through my course, I have gained knowledge of management and also developed tools for analysing economics. I have also learnt about the different methodologies of research, teaching and learning in the UK.
Now I am working in a Vietnamese based company named Agromexco. My job title is Head of Department International Marketing & Sales. In the future I aim to achieve an Executive Management position in a leading Vietnamese based manufacturing goods for export firm.
Nguyen Vu Do Van - MBA Business Administration
There are several reasons for me to choose University of Gloucestershire to follow my Master Degree, such as affordable tuition fee, green environment, and appropriate place for concentrating in studying. In addition, The Park is a beautiful campus and Cheltenham is a lovely and peaceful town, making my living and studying here much more enjoyable. The tutors are really nice, responsible and they are engaging quite well with students. Although my course is quite challenging, this is my opportunity to gain knowledge in many aspects such as language ability, different learning styles from our home country, approaching to new academic knowledge with critical thinking. Therefore, I have an opportunity to expand my horizon with a variety of innovative ideas which could be helpful for my future ahead.
Truc Ngoc Thanh Nguyen - MSc Human Resource Management (International)
I chose the University of Gloucestershire as I like the peacefulness of smaller cities like Cheltenham and Gloucester, and Gloucestershire has beautiful scenery. The county is quite near to other cities like London and Bristol so it’s easy to travel around. The time at University is amazing! International Welcome Week was really useful for a newcomer like me. Thanks to the Student Union, Helpzone and other volunteers, I got used to living in UK very quickly as well as acquiring documents that I needed to study here. The university runs a weekly International Café, where I can get to know other international students as well as make English friends.
In terms of studying, Business decision-making is my favourite module, where I can do “magic with Excel” – as my tutor said. My personal tutor is very helpful and friendly. She helped me through the first weeks initially and still guides me through the whole course.
Hong Van Tham – MSc Marketing
I wanted to try living in a small and green town for a change, because I have spent more than twenty years living in city full of buildings. I like the greenness here. Every time I go out I am able to see trees and flowers even in the cold weather like now, which are very relaxing. Moreover, University of Gloucestershire is famous for having good International Student Support services, which makes me feel safer when studying far from home.
I enjoy all of my classes equally. Each of them has their own points of interest, so I cannot compare them to see which one is better. My course has changed my way of thinking. Normally, when studying, I don’t spend much time thinking about the issues behind the new knowledge that I learn, but now I have learned to apply information to real life situations.
Dung Thuy Pham - MBA Business Administration
I applied for UoG because I wanted to experience a real British environment. Besides that, the support services for international student of UoG are highly ranked at 1st position among UK universities. And also, the tuition fee was reasonable as I got a 50% International Merit Scholarship from the University.
What I enjoy the most about my time at the University is the International Cafe every Wednesdays. It is a good chance for me to make friends with different students from different countries. We might not study for the same course and our cultures are different but in International Cafe, we talk, play, share and become good friends which is great!
English is not my first language and learning style is different from Vietnam, so I had a few troubles for the first days of the course. However, my course leader is really nice and he organized some workshops to help international students to improve studying skills. This helped me a lot. I really appreciated and enjoyed those workshops because they allowed me to get used to the studying methods and research skills for other official classes. The MBA course provides me a lot of essential core and advance knowledge about business management. I've studied business management from different angles, such as marketing, finance, and HR…This is helpful for me to go further in my future career.